The Department of Radiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine (recently renamed the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell) offers an outstanding four year residency training program in an extremely friendly and supportive environment. Residency education is one of the core missions of the entire faculty and this philosophy permeates all aspects of the training program.
Residency education is centered at two of the health system’s tertiary hospitals: North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC), which are located approximately two miles apart. Training also occurs in two of the health system’s outpatient imaging centers. Each training site has state of the art imaging equipment including low dose CTs, high field strength MRIs, PET/CT and tomosynthesis.
The radiology residency program is accredited for 40 residency positions. The department also offers fellowships in neuroradiology, interventional radiology, pediatric radiology, abdominal imaging, abdominal/women’s imaging and abdominal/MSK imaging. The department made a decision to focus its teaching efforts on the residents, so there are only a total of six fellows a year. The fellows do not take cases or clinical experiences away from the residents but act as junior faculty and are actively engaged in teaching the residents.
There are 55 faculty members between the NSUH and LIJMC campuses performing approximately 600,000 imaging studies and image guided procedures. Many of the faculty members hold leadership positions in local and national professional societies including NYRRS, ACR, RSNA, APDR and ACGME. Additionally, faculty members hold various positions with in the Zucker School of Medicine, including Associate Dean of Admissions, Promotions Committee members, and anatomy and structured lab facilitators.
The department is horizontally structured. Relationships between faculty and residents are highly collegial and usually on a first name basis. Resident input is encouraged and sought after. Residents have a seat on every department committee and many health system level committees. Residents have been integral in protocol development, radiation protection, lecture format, curriculum design and IT initiatives.
Residents are involved in innovative use of simulation in radiological education at our Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), which debuted with simulation exercises related to management of contrast reactions and will expand to include interventional radiology, specifically vascular procedures and biopsies/drainages (CT, US, breast). Residents also participate in the program’s innovative evaluation techniques such as the post rotation computer based multiple choice “miniboard” exams and the Ultrasound Passport.